Good behavior is well-fed at Deep Run Elementary


October 29, 2001|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT'S NO SURPRISE that children misbehave when they crave attention. But Deep Run Elementary School in Elkridge has come up with a way to give attention to the ones who follow the rules instead of the ones who don't.

For the past seven years, the school has implemented a program called Prevent, Act, Resolve (PAR). Every month, teachers create a chart showing the names of pupils in their class. The chart goes in a folder and when children misbehave, a mark goes next to their names. Children with clean charts at the end of the month win rewards such as a mention in the school newsletter.

This year Deep Run, with the help of two Howard County restaurants, is giving schoolchildren even more incentive to behave. Each month, two pupils from each grade will win lunch at That's Amore Italian Restaurant or Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill. To be eligible, a pupil must have a clean PAR chart.

The 12 winners, escorted by a teacher, will enjoy lunch and learn about restaurant operations. Of course, they will have an opportunity to practice good table manners as they eat.

"It's kind of a new twist on an ongoing program," said Meg Ducey, publicity coordinator for the school's PTA. "It's a great incentive for kids."

On Wednesday, the winning pupils can wear Halloween costumes to lunch at Z'Tejas, Ducey said. They will arrive in a limousine provided by Limo Limo.

Also attending the Halloween lunch will be PTA President Laura Smit, Principal Fran Donaldson, Assistant Principal Pat Shifflett and Board of Education Chairwoman Jane B. Schuchardt.

Kids make a difference

Local schoolchildren continue to raise money for victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

At Elkridge Elementary School, pupils gave up pocket change and snack money to help raise $1,377.44, which was presented to Lt. Dennis Beard and firefighter Dave Byerly of Howard County Fire and Rescue. During the presentation ceremony, the school chorus sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee."

Pupils also wrote letters to New York firefighters, which Byerly delivered to New York Station No. 10 on Oct. 6.

At Centennial Lane Elementary School, pupils helped raise $3,470.90 through a coin drive to benefit the International Association for Firefighters disaster relief fund. The donations were matched by the Lois and Neil Gagnon Foundation.

Congratulations for the achievement go to Principal Robert Bruce, PTA coordinators Laura Balcom and Sydney Wallace, and the steering committee of schoolchildren - Kristen Bartelmes, Chelsea Bradcovich, Mara Castelbaum, Jake Colby and Andy Hawthorne.

Holiday craft sale

A holiday craft sale, bake sale and silent auction will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County in Ellicott City.

The event will benefit Congregations Concerned for the Homeless. Information: 410-730-1383.

Artful Wilde Lake

Ceramics artist Jann Tamburello of Ellicott City will be among the artists showcasing their work at the Artfully Wilde exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10.

Tamburello creates functional and decorative pieces such as vases and bowls. She likes to use blues, greens and rust tones in her glazes. Her creations, which range in price from $15 to $80, have appeared at other local craft shows, she said.

The craft show at Slayton House Gallery, in Wilde Lake Village Green in Columbia, will feature jewelry, clothing and pottery made by artists from the Washington and Baltimore region.

This year, a percentage of the proceeds will help pay for arts events at the community center.

Artfully Wilde is free and open to the public. Information: Slayton House, 410-730-3987 or 301-596- 4883.

Healthy walking

Columbia Volksmarch Club and Chesapeake Bay Country Wanderers are sponsoring three walks in the Avalon area of Patapsco State Park in Elkridge on Saturday and Sunday.

Six-kilometer, 10-kilometer and 15-kilometer walks are planned. A numbered walking tour highlighting historic and natural sites will be featured. Registration for the 6K and 10K walks will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pavilion 104. Registration for the 15K will be from 8 a.m. to noon. All walks finish by 5 p.m.

The fee for Volksmarch credit is $2. There is no fee to walk the trail. Information, 410-313-8499, 410- 969-8661 or walkcolumbia.

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